Betty M. Linsley Awards

For best work on a significant aspect of Connecticut’s history published or produced by, for, or on behalf of a Connecticut historical society or organization.  The types of works that are eligible include monographs, articles, exhibitions, films, television programs, CDs, DVDs, finding aids, or guides to manuscript collections, subject bibliographies, etc. Established in 1994.


1995    Unclear.

1996    New Haven Colony Historical Society, The Story of the Farmington Canal (New Haven Colony Historical Society).

1996    Woodbridge Historical District Study Committee, Historic Woodbridge: An Historic and Architectural Resource Survey (Cunningham Associates).

1997    No award given.

1998    Mystic River Historical Society for publishing An Account of My Life: The Childhood Journals of Helen May Clarke, 1915-1926.

1999    Service Award to Connecticut League of History Organizations, President Liz Shapiro.

2000    Connecticut Academy of the Arts and Sciences for publishing A History of Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 1799-1999,  by Mary Ellen Ellsworth.

2001    Hampton Antiquarian & Historical Society for publishing Discovering Hampton: A Connecticut Town, by Janice Trecker.

2002    New London County Historical Society for publishing A View From the Sixties: The Black Experience in Southeastern Connecticut, a Memoir by Linwood W. Bland, Jr.    

2003    Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich for publishing Greenwich History, Vol. 7.

2004    Vernon Historical Society, Building the Loom City: Rockville, Connecticut, 1821-1908 by S. Ardis Abbot (Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.).

2005    New Haven Preservation Trust, Carriages & Clocks, Corsets & Locks: The Rise and Fall of an Industrial City – New Haven, Connecticut (University Press of New England).         

2006    Bill Stanley Books, The Norwich Historical Society’s The 9-Mile Square..

2007    Unclear.

2008    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Eugene Gaddis, Magic Façade: The Austin House.

2009    The Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery and Karyl Evans, The Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living (Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network).

2010    Connecticut Historical Society and Nancy Finlay, Picturing Victorian America: Prints by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1830-1880 (Wesleyan University Press).

2011    Connecticut Historical Society and Susan P. Schoelwer, Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840.

2012    Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town.

2013    New London County Historical Society and Dr. Glenn Gordinier, The Rockets’ Red Glare: The War of 1812 and Connecticut.

2014    Connecticut State Library, Editor Douglas Arnold, The Public Records of the State of Connecticut from 1819 to 1820, Vol. 20.

2015    Mystic Seaport, The Charles W. Morgan: A Picture History of an American Icon.

2016    Kent Historical Society for its exhibition, “The Camps of Kent: Memories of Summer,” co-curated by Marge Smith and Melissa Cherniske.